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DI(Y)Together

Helping families sustain their households efficiently, and adapting children to getting ready for school education.

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           As we know, some habits arise in Syrian neighborhoods in cities like İstanbul. Giving examples to this; women sit in the district and socialize among other women, also children old enough to play outside do enjoy company with other children during the day. Considering the culture, it is best to adapt education into their daily habits.

           With Non-Profit Organizations, such as ‘Foods not Bombs’, ‘Mutfak’, or any other; we are going to teach the women of the neighborhoods how to freegan food, or how to ‘diy’ your household cleaning material, how to recycle and gain profit with these concepts. Our main focus here is, decreasing the monetary burden of any food or household equipment, and encourage them to save and use this money for educational expense.

           Meanwhile, we are going to play some games with children in Turkish, like hide and seek, or any other. We will teach them how to become and act like a group, thus a small community with several visits. This attitude helps us gain the credence of the community, so we focus on the education of the kids further on. Starting with teaching them their rights, and Turkish community issues, practical knowledge on ‘how tos’; we will continue with blending school education into games. Different games can be designed in this step; a ball game focuses on counting and arithmetical operations, a treasure hunt game within districts which helps the children know about their environment… These basic games is also an effective way to learn Turkish in basic ways for children. With every game, we aim children to learn how to become teams and learn within the team, also making them excited for learning, and after that school education.

        This weekly visits both covers their needs, and help children adapt into learning and self-development. By gaining their confidence, schools can get easier and they will continue in time. With this proposition, my aim is to make them self-sufficient.

EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Main Goals: Educate woman about doing their own household materials, and keeping their daily expenses minimum. Also, the importance of education for their children. Educate children about laws, language, city culture, adaptation, and help them maintain a learning circle team among each other.

WHO BENEFITS?

Syrian refugees (mostly women, and children) who sustain their lives in cities, and have a settlement.

PROTOTYPE

Finding a neigborhood in İstanbul has many Syrian communuties in it, and start with a kermis for introducing ourselves. Then attend daily/weekly visits for further skill exchange and help them feel adapting.

SKILL SHARE (optional)

Non-Profit Organizations that volunteer for doing workshops or skill exchanges for mostly women. Also volunteer designers to design games for children's best interest and fullfill their learning capacity.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I'm a senior Industrial Design Student in İstanbul, who believes that freedom comes with equality. Therefore I would like to design for social innovation.

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.

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Great idea!!!!